ERIC Number: ED214884
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Teachers' Educational Beliefs. A Study of Schooling in the United States. Technical Report Series, No. 14.
Wright, David P.
Elementary and secondary school teachers in 38 schools responded to a questionnaire asking them to indicate the extent to which they agreed or disagreed with 21 statements of educational beliefs. These statements concerned teacher control and discipline, basic subjects and skills emphasis, concern for students, and student participation. Six response options were available: strongly agree; moderately agree; mildly agree; mildly disagree; moderately disagree; and strongly disagree. Data were analyzed by level of schooling (elementary, middle/junior high, and high school) and by each school. Results were interpreted within the framework of whether these beliefs tended to be traditional or progressive. Among the major conclusions, which are summarized in this report, was that a consensus of shared views emerged in response to relatively few statements. Overall, teachers expressed moderate and mild agreement with most belief statements; teachers also agreed and disagreed to approximately the same extent with most of the belief statements. Teachers mildly and moderately agreed with both traditional and progressive belief statements, although traditional beliefs were endorsed a little stronger than progressive beliefs. Progressive statements provoked a slightly greater consensus of mild agreement than did traditional. Middle/junior high school teachers endorsed traditional beliefs more strongly than did other teachers. Teachers mildly agreed with statements of traditional beliefs about teacher control and basic skills and with progressive beliefs about student participation and welfare. A sample of the questionnaire is included, and resulting data from all schools is presented in tabular form. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Institute for Development of Educational Activities, Dayton, OH.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Graduate School of Education